Fox Sports ready for 4K/HDR FIFA World Cup

DOHA, QATAR– Imagine such a massive sporting event: ten venues, including eight stadiums, all within a 45 minute radius. 64 games in just under a month plus Fanfest. And the potential for an audience of 5 billion viewers worldwide, according to the International Federation of Association Football.

That can only be the 2022 World Cup.

Fox Sports, the event’s US broadcaster, will shoot and broadcast all games in native 4K HDR, with studio programming upscaled to 4K HDR from 1080p HDR, according to Kevin Callahan, vice president of field operations for the network. Domestic coverage begins Sunday, November 20th and concludes with the finale on December 18th at Lusail Stadium.

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Fox Sports anticipates a huge audience will be focused on their screens of choice across Fox, FS1 and the Fox Sports App. That means Fox Sports vice president of field operations Kevin Callahan and the 150+ crew will be working in a massive production to meet bigger expectations.

Two nerve centers
In early October, Callahan and company got down to the nitty gritty of the massive undertaking that began with the construction of two nerve centers: the Fox broadcast facility at the Qatar National Convention Centre, home of the International Broadcast Center. The facility will accommodate more than 75 channels.

The 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium will host the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (Image credit: Getty Images)

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“All broadcasters will be present there and their feeds will be shared between countries,” Callahan said. “That means we get all 40 feeds from each game,” he said, citing Fox’s gear, which includes an EVS router, two Ross mixers, EVS servers, Grass Valley Alchemists for image processing, Calrec audio consoles and a Riedel intercom system. “There’s also a video sharing platform that allows all broadcasters to tell the bigger story, rather than just their own,” Callahan added.

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